Retro TV W/C 12th February 2010

by Modculture 12 February, 2010

Smokey

Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and
radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into
this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and
national radio, with the shows running from Friday 12th February to Thursday 18th February 2010.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4's excellent new series Latin Music USA (Friday 12th, 9pm. Repeated Sunday 14th, 10pm and Tuesday 16th, 1.30am) continues with the third of the four-part series following the historic waves of immigration across the often violent borderlands between the USA and Mexico, and reveals the dynamic role that Mexican-American music has played as it accompanied 'the largest migration in the history of the world'. It starts on the streets of East Los Angeles, where 1950s rock legend Ritchie Valens 'crossed the tracks' to inspire other Mexican-American musicians like Los Lobos, Carlos Santana and Linda Ronstadt. But it is in the troubled borderlands, stretching 2,000 miles from Texas to California, that that music has most vividly depicted the myths and legends of an immigrant people who have demanded, and achieved, their place in American society. Featuring Los Lobos, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Freddie Fender, Selena, Flaco Jimenez and more.

Onto this weeks radio, and to mark the 70th birthday of Smokey Robinson, broadcaster Johnnie Walker talks to the Motown legend about his life, his career and the story behind some of his incredible songs in Smokey at 70 (BBC Radio 2. Monday 15th, 10.30pm). Johnnie caught up with Robinson backstage at the Ivor Novello Awards, shortly after he'd been presented with an award for a Lifetime Achievement to music last year. The result was an in-depth and intimate conversation with Smokey talking openly about his career, personal life, his prolific songwriting, becoming an anti-drugs spokesperson and the story behind some of his self-penned hits, including "Cruisin'" and "Tears of A Clown".

Friday 12th February

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Doyle is injured in action after pursuing terrorists.

Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass – BBC 4. 8.45pm – 9.00pm
The trumpet player leads the band in a vintage performance.

Latin Music USA (3/4) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.25am)
Documentary tracing the influence of Mexican music in America. The programme explores the mass immigration of people into the US, and how it led to the evolution of a new musical culture in the border lands. The story of how Ritchie Valens became a superstar is also examined.

Film: La Bamba (1987) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

The story of young Mexican-American Ritchie Valens, whose meteoric rise from farm labourer to 1950s rock 'n' roll star was followed by his tragically early death.

The Old Grey Whistle Test – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.25am
A concert performance by singer and guitarist Ry Cooder, recorded at BBC Television Centre in 1977.

Heroes of Comedy – More4. 11.45pm – 1.20am

A profile of comedy legend Tommy Cooper.

Film: Peeping Tom (1960) – ITV 1. 1.45am – 3.25am
Michael Powell's controversial British thriller starring Carl Bohm. Disturbed Mark Lewis becomes obsessed by his desire to murder and the need to film his evil deeds.

Saturday 13th February

TV

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Neville feels the pressure.

Film: Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.10am
Seminal 1970s musical drama string John Travolta. Tony Manero works in a dull job, but on Saturday nights he becomes the disco king, much to the disapproval of his family.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 1.10am – 3.30am
Russ Meyer's wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

Film: American Graffiti (1973) – ITV 1. 2.05am – 4.00am
Nostalgic coming-of-age comedy drama starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

Johnny Cash of Easter Cash – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

Country music star Johnny Cash was quintessentially American, yet a chance conversation on a transatlantic flight led him to trace his family back to a small village, Ester Cash, in Fife, Scotland. sarfraz Manzoor goes in search of the Cash connection.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 14th February

TV

Antiques Roadshow – BBC 1. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Valuables includes a collection of swinging sixties clothes and accessories.

Latin Music USA (3/4) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Documentary tracing the influence of Mexican music in America. The programme explores the mass immigration of people into the US, and how it led to the evolution of a new musical culture in the border lands. The story of how Ritchie Valens became a superstar is also examined.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.50pm

Series three. The Arrangements. Gene tries to get Betty to discuss his funeral, but she angrily refuses.

Monday 15th February

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A reporter reveals inside information on a robbery.

Storyville: The Most Dangerous Man in America – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
New. Documentary about leading Vietnam War strategist Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 concluded the war was based on decades of lies, and leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to the New York Times.

Film: Mona Lisa (1986) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.10am
Unusual crime drama starring Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine.

Storyville: How Vietnam Was Lost – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.50am
Did two unconnected events – a Viet Cong ambush that left 61 members of a US battalion dead, and a protest at the University of Wisconsin – bring about the tipping point in the Vietnam War? This documentary investigates.

Radio

Smokey at 70 – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
To mark Smokey Robinson's 70th birthday this coming Friday, Johnnie Walker talks to the Motown legend about his life and his career as singer, songwriter and producer.

Tuesday 16th February

TV

Oliver Postage – a Life in Small Films – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The life and work of Bagpuss and Clangers creator Oliver Postage, with contributions from the animator's family and his colleague Peter Firmin.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Arthur has a bright idea for coach tours.

The Brit Awards – ITV 1. 8.00pm – 10.00pm

You know it's going to be dreadful, but sadly we'll probably all be talking about it tomorrow.

Skippy: Australia's First Superstar – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. After its initial domestic airing in the late 1960s, 128 countries bought the rights to air Australian children's TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. This documentary discovers the tremendous impact the programme had on its young viewers, while surviving cast members discuss their experience of working with the show's stars.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 11.45pm – 1.40am
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assaulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Latin Music USA (3/4) – BBC 4. 1.30am – 2.30am

Documentary tracing the influence of Mexican music in America. The programme explores the mass immigration of people into the US, and how it led to the evolution of a new musical culture in the border lands. The story of how Ritchie Valens became a superstar is also examined.

Wednesday 17th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 7.00pm
Arthur has a bright idea for coach tours.

Mad Men (5/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm

Series three. The Fog. Betty goes to the hospital to give birth, but experiences strange dreams when she is placed under anaesthetic. Duck tries to lure Pete and Peggy to his new firm.

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
Vicious prison drama starring Ray Winstone. Transferred between borstals after assa

ulting an officer, a violent and troubled youth must fight his way to the top of the hierarchy of inmates if he is to survive.

Thursday 18th February

TV

Bellamy's People (5/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The satirical Radio 4 comedy series Down the Line, in which Rhys Thomas plays phone-show host DJ Gary Bellamy, transfers to the small screen as he leaves his studio to meet some of his callers. Featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (5/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.